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A pool with panache

Why settle for a run-of-the mill pool experience? There are so many options out there that can help set your backyard apart from the rest. If your budget allows, then consider adding a bit more flair to create the oasis of your dreams. (Note that not all of these features are available for all material types—consult your pool builder for more information.)

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Using Light to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor lighting is a crucial yet often forgotten component to many beautiful alfresco living spaces. Luminosity tells the story after dark by providing a visual harmony between the home and landscape. Plus, current studies show outside leisure areas are used most often in the evening, thus proving a well-thought-out lighting plan can provide not only a magical world of drama and mystery, but also extend the use of your outdoor living area.

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Now Trending: Backyard Extras You Can’t Do Without

Every year, we like to start fresh and keep things new and exciting. Fashion and home décor reflect this desire for the latest trends and styles. Likewise for outdoor living. More than ever, there is a need for a peaceful oasis, a reprieve from a hectic pace of life and sense of urgency that leads to stress. Creating an outdoor resort at home makes easy living the goal—a place to relax, recover, rest, and renew. Backyards, patios, porches, and terraces are now the ideal locale for entertaining friends and family with kitchens, dining options, fire features, outdoor lighting, comfortable furniture, and beautiful water features. Here’s a look at current trends in Canada’s outdoor living marketplace.

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Outdoor Lighting

In an era of rising energy prices, looking at your electric bill can be a frightening prospect. Many homeowners are searching for ways to cut costs, and are looking to their outdoor lighting as a possible candidate for cutbacks. While its true that extinguishing all outdoor illumination—from security lights to decorative fixtures—would save some money, it doesn’t make for a very happy homeowner.

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